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Malzahn: Marshall has to "pay a price" for marijuana incident

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made his first public appearance since quarterback Nick Marshall was cited for marijuana last week. Malzahn was among the speakers on the first day of SEC media days in Hoover, Alabama.

There were a lot of questions coming into Monday about the status of Nick Marshall at Auburn. He was scheduled to be at media days, but he was replaced after the incident in Reynolds. Tight End CJ Uzomah and Center Reese Dismukes said they were very surprised when they heard about Nick being in trouble.

Head coach Gus Malzahn says he has not decided on a punishment yet. But, Marshall will have to pay for his mistake. Malzahn says Marshall’s absence from Hoover is the beginning of the punishment.

“I think it is a privilege and a reward to represent your team at SEC media days. Last Friday, he lost that privilege,” Malzahn said. “We have high expectations for our players, but, specifically our quarterback being the face of our program.”

>>> MORE COVERAGE: Marshall cited for marijuana

 Malzahn says this is not normal for Marshall since he has been at Auburn.

“I will say this. up to this point, Nick has been a model teammate,” said Malzahn. “He has been a model citizen and done everything we asked. He made a mistake. He is going to have to pay a price for that mistake. But, he is remorseful.”

Malzahn went on to say it has been disappointing to have two marijuana incidents with Auburn players in the last two weeks. He says Auburn has been a very clean program since he has been there.

 Marshall's trouble has affected the whole team. Gabe Wright said it was as if the entire team was in the car with him because Marshall’s trickle’s down to everyone else.

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Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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